Saturday 18th May 2019

Glastonbury Abbey

GREGORIAN CHANT Workshop day in Glastonbury Abbey

10 am - 5 pm
‘Gregorian Chant’ is a day course for singers and for those with interests in the history of music, theology, meditation, and cultural history, which works through reading, learning and singing the chant.

The course will study and sing chant for St Augustine (26th May) and for St Dunstan (19th May). The day is structured within the meditative recitation of the short Benedictine monastic chant services and concludes with a sequence of chant and Compline.

Open to anyone; women and men, singers and non-singers. Singing experience is welcome though not necessary. Simple recitation in English leads to some of the rich heritage of Latin chant.

Details and Booking


Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd May 2019
Benslow Music, Hitchin,  Herts. SG4 9RB
A friendly and accessible introduction to Gregorian Chant, now a regular and popular course in the Benslow Music programme.

Tel: 01462 459446


Saturday 6th July 2019
Worcester Lodge, Didmarton GL9 1AH

10 am - 5 pm A day structured within the meditative recitation of the short Benedictine monastic day services, concluding with a sequence for St Peter 'Tu es Petrus' and Compline

Information and booking


Friday 23 August 
St Thomas Church Salisbury
private sessions
JRP working with the Seattle Cathedral Compline Choir

Saturday 9th November 2019
Sarum College, Salisbury

details to follow




are a chance to experience Gregorian chant in a friendly, entertaining, informative and enjoyable context.
All are welcome - women and men, singers and non-singers, beginners together with experienced singers.

The day is structured around the traditional Benedictine monastic hour services recited mainly in English.
The day works toward an informal performance of  a sequence of chant, which includes some of the rich heritage of Latin chant.


John Rowlands-Pritchard
...worked as a professional singer in the cathedral choirs of Ely and of Wells, and as an oratorio soloist; and founded the group Opus Anglicanum, 5 singers and a reader.

...studied mediaeval song with Professor John Stevens and early Gregorian chant with Dr. Mary Berry at Cambridge, illustrating lectures and broadcast talks for both.

...sang as a Cantor with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge for recital work and recording in many European cathedrals and abbeys, and in the Vatican.

...has directed Gregorian Chant Days for university music departments, cathedral choirs, music festivals, and adult education colleges.

...and in 2016 was made an honorary Associate of the Royal School of Church Music for work with the chant.

...has recently worked for Glastonbury Abbey, Benslow Music, with the Benedictine monks of Silverstream Priory Co.Meath Ireland, Sarum College, Dorchester Arts, and Ledbury Poetry Festival.


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